Warwickshire County Council committee hears views on children’s centres

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The Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny

Select Committee this week heard personal accounts from

parents and the considered views of experts on the

proposals for the future of Warwickshire’s Children’s

Centres.

The Committee wanted to scrutinise the council’s proposals

for a new delivery model for the early years offer of

services for children aged 0-5 years and their families

that lays out savings of £2.3m across the children’s

centres.

The Select Committee spent the day on Wednesday 14 August

listening and questioning a wide range of views surrounding

the funding and operation of the centres.

Cllr Bob Hicks, Chair of Children and Young People’s

Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “We wanted to listen

directly to the parents of families who attend the

children’s centres and to professional evidence from

council officers, representatives from Public Health and

the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust to get a full

understanding of the issues involved.

“We were impressed with the level of detail of the evidence

provided and we were grateful for the time and commitment

everyone put into putting forward their views.

“This is a difficult balancing act between retaining the

highest possible level of service and having to face up to

the realities of tight budgets.

“We are facing the difficulties of reduced budgets and the

choices are not easy. Today we heard valuable detailed

evidence and we do not wish to rush into shaping our

observations so we will be reconvening in the next few days

to form our recommendations which we will then put to the

Cabinet for their full consideration.”

The consultation is currently on-going until 27 August and

is available to complete at

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consultation. That will also

inform recommendations that go to Cabinet.

As well as completing the questionnaire, residents can feed

comment or questions through their Children’s Centres or

through Ann Mawdsley, Senior Democratic Services Officer,

01926 418079 or annmawdsley@warwickshire.gov.uk.